Breaking News: Diane Sawyer Exiting 'World News'

Diane Sawyer has announced that she is stepping down as lead anchor for ABC’s World News in order to focus on large scale interviews, primetime specials and enterprise reporting for ABC.

World News weekend anchor David Muir, who has acted as the series’ weekend anchor since 2011, is set to take over the reigns as the evening news program’s new anchor and managing editor beginning September 2. In addition to taking over the role of World News‘ lead anchor, Muir will also remain on 20/20 as a co-anchor with Elizabeth Vargas.

Insiders told MediaBistro, that Sawyer has been in talks with Ben Sherwood, ABC News President, since last year about transitioning away from the World News‘ anchor desk. According to the insiders, Sawyers will be taking on various specials and interviews that previously were covered by the now retired Barbara Walters.

In addition to the annoucement that Sawyer will exit World News, ABC announced that Good Morning America co-host and This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos is the network’s new chief anchor of ABC News. As part of the new position, Stephanopoulos will act as the lead anchor for special news reports, breaking news reports, and ABC election night specials.

Since taking over as World News‘ anchor in 2009, Sawyer has helped the evening news program  grow in viewers; just this May World News won the proverbial May Sweeps in the 25-54 age demo for the first time in six years.

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